Fee Charging Policy

Childminder Name: Mrs Holly Orme

EY Number :

This fees policy should be read alongside/forms part of the contract with the parents/carer and Mrs Holly Orme.

Fees will be discussed with parents during initial contractual discussions and will be set out in the ‘Contract’ between Mrs Holly Orme and person with parental responsibility.

 

Opening Times

 

Hours child minded outside contracted hours, occasional unsocial hours, occasional childminding, charges due to child/parent illness/occasional/holidays/days off are all charged at £5.00 per hour. No overnight care is available.

 

MONDAY

7.30am – 5.30pm

Hourly childminding rate £5.00

TUESDAY

7.30am – 5.30pm

Hourly childminding rate £5.00

WEDNESDAY

7.30am – 5.30pm

Hourly childminding rate £5.00

THURSDAY

7.30am – 5.30pm

Hourly childminding rate £5.00

FRIDAY

7.30am – 5.30pm

Hourly childminding rate £5.00

 Free Early Education for Two, Three and Four Olds:

Up to 30 hours of free childcare is available for 38 weeks of the year (1140 hours, the same as school terms). I can also stretch your entitlement across more weeks by you taking fewer hours over each week (e.g. 23.75 hours over 48 weeks).  For three and four year olds, a child becomes eligible the term following their third birthday.  For eligible two year olds, the funding begins at the start of the term following a child’s second birthday. To confirm eligibility for your two year old, please contact Dorset Family Information Service (FIS) on 01305 221066 or you can check yourself on http://www.dorsetforyou.com/409692

For parents of children accessing additional hours above the free entitlement will be charged at the normal hourly rate of £4.75.   Please note that sessions missed due to your holiday or sickness cannot be carried forward. Sessions unable to be delivered through my sickness will not be charged for.

Although I can deliver these sessions ‘flexibly’ the minimum length of a ‘session’ has been set by the Government as 2.5 hours and the maximum length set by Dorset County Council as 10 hours in any one day.

All 3 and 4 year olds get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week, and some 2 year olds are also eligible. The 30 hours free childcare offer is for working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children. Parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week, but no more than £100,000 a year.

Booking and Fees: In the case of non-funded hours, my fees include the following: all trips and entry fees including those to playgroups attended. Parents are only responsible for paying for contracted hours at the rate of £5.00 per hour. No other charges apply.  A late collection fee of £2.00 for every 15 minutes will be charged if you are late. This is in the ‘Contract, between Mrs Holly Orme and person with parental responsibility.

When I am requested to hold a place for a child, a reservation deposit is not normally required.   Details will be discussed during initial contractual discussions and the decision about whether either type of deposit will be needed, will be set out in the ‘Contract’ between Mrs Holly Orme and person with parental responsibility.

In the case of ‘Free’ hours as detailed above; no top-up fees or deposits will be charged. I ask all parents to provide packed lunches/meals for their child, I will supply snacks. No other charges apply.

Holiday and Sickness:

Little Bees is only open during term times, I will give each parent/carer a copy of the term dates, and these will follow the Dorset School holidays. This does mean I will also be closed bank holidays.

If I am sick and cannot provide my childminding service you will not be charged, however if the child is sick and cannot come in you will still be charge.

I will still charge if a child has the occasional day off or is away on holiday during the term.

Invoicing and Payment:

Your invoice will clearly state which hours were taken as funded hours and which were taken as additional hours.

 

If fees are unpaid the following procedure will take place:

Where possible I will be flexible to accommodate changing needs, so if hours need to be changed, reduced or additional hours required please contact me as soon as possible to discuss this. Four weeks’ notice must be given to reduce contractual hours. I am required to operate within ratio’s set by Ofsted and unable to go over those numbers except in certain exceptional circumstances.

Payments are due 1st of the month - one month in advance, I will send out invoices the third week of every month. Payments can be made by cash, bank transfer, Tax Free Childcare or through a childcare voucher provider.

A letter requesting payment of outstanding fees within 2 weeks will be sent to parents/carers.

Should the fees remain unpaid:

A second letter requesting payment of outstanding fees within 7 days will be sent to parents/carers. The ‘Contract’ will clearly state that non-payment of fees which have been outstanding for 30 days or for reoccurring late payment of fees will mean that I will terminate the ‘Contract’. I will then start legal proceedings to claim the fees owed.

I reserve the right to make a late payment charge of £20 per month where no repayment plan has been discussed or a repayment plan has also not been adhered to. Late payment fee is only applicable if a bill is not settled by the 1st of the month following the month it was due.

Termination of the contract:

I reserve the right to terminate the contract immediately in the event of a child’s behaviour that endangers the safety of other children and adults around them, the unsuitable behaviour of parents or non-payment of fees following the non-payment procedure. In any other circumstances 4 weeks written notice can be given by either party.

Bad Weather Provision:

Childminding fees are still payable when a parent decides not to send their child because of bad weather conditions, but I am still open and my provision is available

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